verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- ransom, john crowe,
- rant and rave,
Origin of rant
Examples from the Web for rant
As anybody who has seen his now famous rant on Parks and Recreation knows, Patton Oswalt can get a little obsessed.Patton Oswalt on Fighting Conservatives With Satire|William O’Connor|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
An Uber driver went on an anti-gay, ant-American rant before physically assaulting his passenger.
A network insider insisted: “No expletives were uttered by Mr Mason in the recording of his rant.”
Far from a rant, her tone throughout is cool and methodical, and her critiques are couched more in sorrow than in anger.Was Reporter Sharyl Attkisson Too Right-Wing for CBS?|Lloyd Grove|October 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Amid his rant, Ramsey even mentioned that he had contacted the local police department and the FBI.Spies, Cash, and Fear: Inside Christian Money Guru Dave Ramsey’s Social Media Witch Hunt|Matthew Paul Turner|May 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At last these prisoners began to rant, vapour, and blaspheme; at which my soul was greatly grieved.George Fox|George Fox
She knows her man, and when you rant and swear Can draw you to her with a single hair.The Career of Katherine Bush|Elinor Glyn
I can hardly bring my mind to fancy that anything is serious in France—it seems to be all rant, tinsel, and stage-play.The Paris Sketch Book of Mr. M. A. Titmarsh|William Makepeace Thackeray
He probably thought it not half so fine as some rant of Macpherson about dark-browed Foldath, and white-bosomed Strinadona.The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 2 (of 4)|Thomas Babington Macaulay
What is my return for the abuse and rant which he lavishes against me?The Newcomes|William Makepeace Thackeray
Word Origin for rant
c.1600, "to be jovial and boisterous," also "to talk bombastically," from Dutch randten (earlier ranten) "talk foolishly, rave," of unknown origin (cf. German rantzen "to frolic, spring about"). Related: Ranted; ranting. Ranters "antinomian sect which arose in England c.1645" is attested from 1651; applied 1823 to early Methodists. A 1700 slang dictionary has rantipole "a rude wild Boy or Girl" (also as a verb and adjective); to ride rantipole meant "The woman uppermost in the amorous congress" [Grose].
"boisterous, empty declamation; fierce or high-sounding language without much meaning or dignity of thought; bombast; a ranting speech," 1640s, from rant (v.).